CENTER FOR INTERCULTURAL ORGANIZING

Rating: 4.89 stars   70 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Race

Location: 700 N Killingsworth Street Portland OR 97217 USA

Mission: The Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) is a diverse, grassroots membership organization working to build a multi-racial, multicultural movement for immigrant and refugee rights.
Results: Over nearly a decade, CIO has engaged thousands of individuals from diverse cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, trained new immigrant and refugee community leaders, produced hundreds of educational events and mobilized countless immigrant and refugee community members to participate in civic life, and continually responded to individual incidents of discrimination and harassment in our community as they arise.
Target demographics: immigrants and refugees from over 70 countries of origin.
Direct beneficiaries per year: hundreds of immigrants and refugees, who together advocate for just policies that will improve the lives of thousands
Geographic areas served: Oregon and Southwest Washington
Programs: Community Education: CIO educates immigrants, refugees and U.S.-born allies on pressing community issues and strengthens and supports existing efforts to bring visibility to immigrant and refugee struggles. Civic Engagement and Policy Advocacy: Our civic engagement program provides a pathway for immigrants and refugees to participate in democratic processes through training programs, hands-on projects and collective action that produce concrete improvements in their lives. Organizing and Mobilization: CIO assists immigrant and refugee community members in building the organizing skills necessary to impact policies that affect them and to work collaboratively, mobilizing diverse constituencies. Intergenerational Leadership Development: CIO develops new leaders through a signature yearlong leadership development program, through strategic trainings, and through on-the-ground leadership positions within our campaigns.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

CIO demonstrates diversity not only in its programming but also in its employment and volunteering policy. I have met people from all different parts of the world through CIO. I am confident with the continued work of CIO, Oregon will be a better place to live

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Rating: 5 stars  

CIO is led by some of the most conscientious people, with a level of integrity and wisdom that guide the organization's work well. Their values ripple through their mission, practices, staff dynamics, and community engagement. I am proud to partner with them and look forward to co-hosting events together in the future.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Bridge partnerships with a variety of sectors, in order to increase grant opportunities.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Center for Intercultural organizing. Is one oft best decisions I made. In the past I tried to been more involve with my Comunity, but I didn't know how. CIO made this possible, after I been involve they give the tools how to improve myself to be more successful, in leadership and organizing. But not only in my Comunity but also with others Intercultural communities. Also I improve my English pronunciation. Thanks to CIO they treat every one like a family and support to each other.

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) is an important nonprofit program for the City of Portland. It supports our immigrant and refugee families and community members. Most importantly, CIO gives these communities tools to be a political voice and power in the City. It gives the tools for the voiceless to be heard and bring important issues that goes on within our community that at times our local, state, and federal government may not know. The staff is amazing and passionate about the community. And I cannot wait to see how CIO transforms the City of Portland in the future.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Going into the PILOT program, I did not quite know what to expect. However, I can confidently and enthusiastically say that I am extremely glad I was allowed to join. It was very eye-opening indeed, and I learned things that I had never known before. The program made me feel a lot more confident than I ever was before, it made me feel empowered with information I never knew before, which in turn further helped enhance my understanding of why things are the way they are, and gave me tools and advice on how I can actively participate and contribute in effecting the positive and needful changes in our social system that it advocates. If I had ever entertained the desire to be a human rights activist, a social justice advocate, or the desire to to follow and engage in the political discourse, but that such desire had become dormant and on the brink of lapsing into passivity due to inactivity, participation in the CIO PILOT program has certainly reawakened it. The staff was remarkable, with an infectious sense of enthusiasm and commitment to what matters to all of us the most. I came out of the program feeling invigorated, and I wish these programs would be conducted more often and made more accessible to larger audiences.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a new member of the Pan-immigrant Leadership and Organizing Training at CIO. Therefore, I have had the opportunity to witness the great work CIO does to support and empower multi-ethnic communities. CIO provides an space to meet people from all over the world to join efforts to fight against injustice and social change. I don't feel alone anymore!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am currently in the PILOT program through CIO. I have met many people from all over the world, and everyone is so inspiring. I truly appreciate the work the CIO does, and the PILOT program is a great way to train tomorrow's leaders. The staff, volunteers, and participants are all warm and welcoming. We may all have different stories and journeys, but in the end we all have the same vision.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

CIO has shown me how a multicultural community can come together and for each others causes. They are a safe place for dialogue and education between communities

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more funding available to expand the program

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Center for Intercultural Organizing ( CIO) has been working with the Immigrant and refugee communities to empower and build a multi-ethnic/racial movement. I'm honored and proud to be a part of such and organization that not only work with the communities for building capacity. But the policy work on state, Counties and Cities level to review and recommend inclusive policies for all Oregonians.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would implement and restructure some programs such as ESL, Citizenship class, workforce, help with resume and etc. to better serve it community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've just joined the PILOT program of CIO and had our FIRST RETREAT for 2 days and a half. Learned a lot about things that I never imagine. The freedom of speech as a tool to inform and educate people in order to have a consensus to find solutions for different public and social issues. Yes, I loved it and will continue learning to help and be part of the solutions!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think its too early for me to do this now, but hopefully will know in the future.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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